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Grant helps Jenn Brisson study ‘complex interplay’ of nature and nurture on genes

February 17, 2022

Many organisms have the ability to change certain traits in response to their environment. This ability, known as phenotypic plasticity, is an important evolutionary strategy in allowing an organism to better survive.

But how does an organism sense its environment and pass on that information to its offspring? What are the genetic mechanisms that regulate how environmental cues influence the ways organisms develop? And how do these processes evolve?